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Jury Does Raindance Through No Man's Land
Danis Tanovic’s No Man’s Land has won the Official Selection Feature Jury Prize at the 9th Raindance Film Festival.

Jury Prizes were introduced this year in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the filmmakers showcased at the festival.

In addition, Raindance Film Festival Jury Prizes were awarded to;
About a Girl (dir: Brian Percival) for Official Selection Short,
New Year’s Day (dir: Suri Krishnamma) for UK Feature,
Shadowscan (dir: Tinge Krishnan) for UK Short
Bahama Mama (dir: Phil Turner) for Digital Cinema.

The juries also gave Honourable Mentions to the shorts Swapped and Hubert’s
Brain and the UK feature Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry.

This year’s juries included;
Saffron Burrows (Actress: Hotel, Enigma,Timecode),
Tom Charity (Editor - Film, Time Out),
Ayub Khan Din (Writer -East is East),
Allan Niblo (Producer, Fruit Salad Films - Human Traffic,South West Nine), William C. Martell (Screenwriter),
Geraldine Moloney (Head of Marketing, UIP),
Richard Morris (Digital Consultant to the Film Council),
Liz Rosenthal (Head of UK Office, Next Wave Films)
Steve Wise (General Manager FAST Multimedia UK).

Elliot Grove, Raindance Festival Director commented, "For nine years Raindance has been fighting to create a voice for independent filmmakers. Having been astounded by the quality of this year’s films we felt the time was right to launch the Jury Prizes to reward the best of the best."

On the resounding success of this year's Raindance, Grove continued, "This year’s festival was the most successful in the nine year history of Raindance, attracting record audiences and smashing house records by thirty percent. Next year will be our tenth anniversary so we are already looking forward to celebrating a decade of the best of independent filmmaking".

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